The Misb kit team at work, Ensadlab/Ensad, Paris, 2014


The MisB kit is developed by the Reflective Interaction team from Ensadlab, under the direction of Samuel Bianchini, by Didier Bouchon, Filipe Pais, and Alexandre Saunier in the context of the project The Behavior of Things. Cécile Bucher, Martin Gautron, Benoît Verjat were also part of the former team and the internships Olivain Porry and Raphaëlle Kerbrat contributed to the development of the second version of the kit.

This toolkit was initiated with the Sociable Media team (led by Rémy Bourganel) with Émeline Brulé and Max Mollon in particular, for the workshop “The Misbehavior of Animated Objects”, TEI 2014, with support from Labex Arts-H2H and the Bettencourt Schueller Foundation and its Chair for Innovation & Expertise, and with the participation of Jean-Baptiste Labrune and Nicolas Nova. 
We are grateful to Génération Robots for their sensible advice, as well as to Marie Descourtieux, Hiroshi Ishii, Emmanuel Mahé, and Élodie Tincq.


> Samuel Bianchini


Samuel Bianchini lives and works in Paris. He shows regularly in France and abroad. Exhibitions have included institutions such as Art Basel, Institut français de Tokyo, Stuk Art Center (Leuven, Belgium), Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, Deutsches Hygiene-Museum in Dresden, National Museum of Contemporary Art in Athens, Jeu de Paume in Paris, Laboratoria in Moscow, Jozsa Gallery in Brussels, Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art, Centre pour l’image contemporaine of Geneva, Rennes Biennale, Nuit Blanche in Paris, space_imA and Duck-Won Gallery in Seoul, Villa Arson in Nice, La Ménagerie de verre in Paris, Ateneo de Yucatán Museum of Contemporary Art in Mexico City, Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie in Paris, Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie (ZKM) in Karlsruhe, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris.

His work investigates the impact of technology on modes of representation, on our new forms of aesthetic experiences and our socio-political organizations. To bring his projects to fruition, he collaborates with scientists and technology research centers such as the Centre de Recherche en Informatique du Cnam (Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers in Paris), Orange Labs, the Limsi-CNRS (Laboratoire pour la mécanique et les sciences de l’ingénieur, Orsay), and IEMN-CNRS (Institut d’Électronique de Microélectronique et de Nanotechnologie, Lille-Valenciennes), CEA (French Atomic Energy Commission, Saclay). In tight correlation with his artistic practice, Samuel Bianchini has undertaken theoretical work that has been published by the Centre Pompidou, Jean-Michel Place, MIT Press, Analogues, Burozoïque, Hermes and Les presses du réel.

Born in Nancy in 1971, he studied art through several different channels: beaux-arts (postgraduate program at École Régionale des Beaux-Arts de Nantes), decorative arts (École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs, Paris), applied arts (École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Appliqués et des Métiers d’Art, Paris), engineering (CNAM, Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers, Paris), and visual arts (Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne).

After defending his doctoral thesis with a presentation and solo show at the Palais de Tokyo, he is today Associate Professor at the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs (Ensad, Paris), where he is the head of the research group Reflective Interaction, on Interactive and Performative Installations.

He has just published a book with Emanuele Quinz, called “Behavioral Objects” for Sternberg Press:
And he’s now finishing a collective book, with Erik Verhagen, called “Practicable. From Participation to Interaction in Contemporary Art” for MIT Press:

Samuel Bianchini is represented by Ilan Engel Gallery (Paris) –
and works, for his art publications, with mfc-michèle didier (Brussels, Paris) –

Website :


> Filipe Pais


Filipe Pais is a lecturer, researcher and artist interested by the ways technologies affect and shape human and social behaviour. Besides his activity as a lecturer in the field of interactive media (arts and design) at Noroff University College in Kristiansand, Norway, he’s a research associate at the Reflective Interaction group from EnsadLab (the laboratory of ENSAD – École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Decoratifs) in Paris.
During his doctoral research entitled Experience and Meaning-making Process in Interactive Arts – The influence of play and aesthetic distance in interactive art encounters (UT Austin Portugal, Feup, University of Porto), Filipe was interested by the aesthetics of play in art experience. After this, he worked as a post-doctoral researcher in the project The Behavior of Things (EnsadLab and University Paris 8) that explores the notion of behaviour in objects that are normally inanimate (ex. a door that sighs, or a video camera that refuses to surveille). He was also a student of Seap, a Master of Arts and Politics conducted by Bruno Latour (Sciences Po, Paris).
His artworks have been featured in different art festivals and events in Portugal and abroad. Lately, he curated the exhibitions From Bits to Paper (Le Shadok, Strasbourg) and Re-enter Lisbon (CPAI, Lisboa).


> Alexandre Saunier

Alexandre is an interdisciplinary creator and doctoral student. He specializes in physical computing technologies with which he associates both computer and physical systems, challenges our perception of digital machines, and seeks sensible links with abstract processes.
Alexandre’s PhD project focuses on live light performance. In developing and experimenting with light instruments he explores the bidirectional relation between humans and machines. Questioning the way technology reshapes us as we create it is central to Alexandre’s work.
He holds a master in sound engineering from the ENS louis Lumière (France) and participated in research works on interactive light systems and behavioral objects at the ENS Arts Décoratifs (France).
His artistic work has been exhibited in several french festival and exhibition. He also conduces workshops in numerous contexts, including the Conference on Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Interaction ’14 in Munich.


Florent Levillain

Florent Levillain is a researcher in cognitive psychology at CHArt-LUTIN Userlab. During his thesis, he studied mental imagery and the understanding of dynamic scenes, conducting research both at the International School for Advanced Studies (Trieste, Italy) and at the Paris 8 Saint Denis University. After a postdoctoral fellowship at the Johns Hopkins University where he examined the limitations of short-term memory as well as the perception of causal relationships, Florent Levillain resumed an investigation of the interpretation of action. What are the motion cues that enable an event to be perceived? Which cognitive systems contribute to the spontaneous understanding of behavior in terms of intentional actions? These questions are brought up in the context of a collaboration with the Diip Ensadlab at The Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Paris.

Selma Lepart

Selma Lepart is a contemporary artist, graduated from the “École Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs” of Strasbourg. Her work is built on a multidisciplinary convergence, involving research in the fieldof Arts, Science, Sociology, Science of Engineering (Robotics and Computer) and cognitive science.
In her work she explores the notions of appearance and codification of the world and relational issues between humans and objects/matter, thus offering the viewer a specific sociability model that is more or less concrete. We are faced with a manifestation of sensitive intelligence, which is not there to hear our orders, but to express their own will, imposing its terms of trade.


Julie Brugier

Currently pursuing a PhD, Julie has initially studied product design at the Boulle School in Paris. During her studies, she carried out a project on vulnerable populations (prostitutes and migrants) and developed an interest for on-the-ground research. Her practice was then oriented towards urban ecology, which is her currently research focus. She invested a lot into the JGJ Collective, where she designed objects supporting the frugal use of water in domestic landscapes.
More recently, she applied for a research position at the Cité du Design de Saint-Etienne. In that context, she got to work on the design of innovative services, around the new uses of water in Smart Cities.
Her PhD research focuses on alternative practices and urban resilience. This study will take interest in the mechanisms of the emerging culture of urban ecology. The use of renewable energies in public spaces will also be questioned through physical productions (such as installations, objects, machines) as well as through theoretical reasoning.


Olivain Porry

Born in Fort-de-France (972) in 1990, Olivain Porry has graduated with honors from the Fine art school of Nantes in 2016 and is now a student-researcher at the “Reflective interaction” research program from EnsadLab. Before including an important usage of computer science his artistic practice was firstly oriented to painting. His works, which include generative processes, approach the notions of reality, artificiality and perception while being interested in communication networks and machine interaction.


Didier Bouchon

Coming soon!
Benoît Verjat (Designer/Artist)
Cécile Bucher (Developer)
Martin Gautron (Maker/Artist)
Raphaëlle Kerbrat (Internship / Art Student)